RIP Bobbi Kristina: Brown & Houston Family Mourn at The Wake Last Night (PHOTOS)
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Bobbi Kristina’s relatives and friends were seen arriving at the 22-year-old’s wake on Friday night ahead of her contentious funeral.
Mourners came in their droves to Murray Brothers Funeral Home on Friday afternoon for the wake before she is laid to rest on Saturday.
Soon after the Houstons left the funeral home, the Brown family arrived to view Bobbi’s body, causing speculation that the families had planned to avoid each other.
Mourning: Pat Houston emerged looking solemn from Bobbi Kristina’s wake in Georgia on Friday
She was one of the first to arrive at the memorial, which she has overseen, wearing yellow and purple
Father’s pain: Bobby Brown looked tense and emotional as he walked slowly out of the funeral home on Friday
Distraught: The singer closed his eyes and made his way to his car a night before the official funeral
Family: Bobby was joined by his wife Alicia Etheredge, who embraced members of the family
Upset: Singer CIssy Houston is seen arriving at her granddaughter’s wake amid family quarrels
Forlorn: Bobbi’s brother, Bobby Jr, was also in attendance wearing a black shirt in respect for his sister
On Friday afternoon a number of guests, some dressed in smart suits and dresses, others in more casual wear, arrived at Pat and Gary Houston’s mansion in an exclusive suburb of Alpharetta, nestled on a quiet street close to a members-only swimming pool and tennis courts.
The invite-only funeral is due to take place on Saturday at 11am at St James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta.
Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, was also seen leaving the home along with other guests who climbed into the SUVs.
They travelled in convoy amid rush-hour traffic to the Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta arriving at around 6pm.
Later, after the Houston clan left, Bobby Brown entered the funeral home with his wife, Alicia Etheredge, son Bobby Brown Jr, and his sisters, Tina Brown and Leolah Brown. Some young children were also seen being shepherded inside.
The family were seen hugging and leaning on each other when they left around 8pm.
Meanwhile, more plants and furniture were being delivered to the family home nearby in Alpharetta, Georgia, for what looks set to be grand memorial.
The Houston family leave wake for Bobbi Kristina in Atlanta
Soon after the Houstons left the funeral home, the Brown family arrived to view Bobbi Kristina’s body, causing speculation that the families had planned to avoid each other
Pouring in: Family and friends arrived early for the event on Friday in Atlanta
A source told Daily Mail Online that Dionne Warwick (not pictured) was one of the latest family members to become involved in in-fighting, even threatening to boycott the ceremony. She was not seen on Friday
Hugs: Passers-by could see the vast family hugging on the porch, six months after Bobbi fell into a coma
The Houstons arrive to Murray Brothers Funeral Parlor from the back entrance in two SUVs on Friday
Embrace: Though relatives are said to be fighting over Bobbi’s inheritance, they put on a united front on Friday
Bobbi was 22 when she died last Sunday in hospice care, three and a half years after her mother Whitney died.
Privacy: Large monotone umbrellas were put up to shroud relatives as they entered and exited
Patrol: SUVs were seen arriving to the Georgia funeral home for the event on Friday
Decorations: Many were seen approaching the Atlanta home with plants for decoration for the wake on Friday
Pat Houston makes arranges for Bobbi Kristina’s funeral
The $20million fortune that Bobbi Kristina inherited on her mother’s death will now go to her grandmother Cissy leaving her father Bobby Brown out in the cold.
Today Bobby Brown’s sister, Leolah took to her Facebook page to issue just one of many rants against Pat Houston whom she earlier damned for attempting to raise money for her foundation through public donations in Bobbi Kristina’s name.
Then, she wrote: ‘The Brown family has just learned that Marion Patricia Houston, AKA: Pat Houston, is asking for the public to send money to her foundation (The Marion P Foundation) on behalf of my niece Bobbi Kristina.
Grand: By the looks of the flowers being brought in, Bobbi’s funeral will be a grand affair
The row of plants is the latest arrival after a marquee and furniture were delivered on Thursday
Nick Gordon (not pictured) was not invited to the family ceremony despite personally appealing to Bobby Brown
Red roses: Here, a relative is seen arriving with a delicate bouquet for young Bobbi’s send-off
Ready to go: Nearby, a tent goes up in the backyard of Pat Houston’s Georgia home for the Saturday event
Nick Gordon with Bobbi Kristina Brown. He has reportedly begged her father Bobby Brown for an invite to her funeral on Saturday
Close: Bobbi, who died aged 22, was closed to both her aunt Pat (left) and her mother’s cousin Dionne (right)
Dionne Warwick pays tribute to Bobbi Kristini Brown
‘She has not even sat down & spoken to my brother Bobby, who is Bobbi Kristina’s father, about this. PLEASE keep your money in your pockets and give absolutely NOTHING to the Marion P foundation. Unless you don’t mind supporting such an evil and dirty foundation. Lastly, keep your eyes & ears open as THE TRUTH is being revealed.’
In her latest Facebook diatribe, posted today, Leolah appears to challenge Pat Houston to face off with her publicly.
She wrote: ‘You notice, no matter what I say, Pat never says anything following, to at least defend herself? Just think about it. Use your God-given brains. If, what I was saying was untrue or just talking for no reason at all…whey would she not defend herself if I am wrong?
‘…I will tell you. Because SHE CANNOT talk back to truth. She has no leg to stand on.
‘Furthermore, she is not the sweet quiet person that she “tried” so hard to make people believe she was on the Oprah show. She would like the public to think that..but she is very good and polished on keeping her composure when she is under the microscope.’
Leolah goes onto claim: ‘Whitney and I spoke on this on many occasions – so don’t let her fool you. Although she is being quiet, she is indeed heated right now! Because her world is tumbling down!’
In the lengthy and rambling post Leolah stated: ‘She is actually in shock right now J because a Brown is usually silent. If you check my record: “I never have said anything until Whitney was murdered and now my niece Bobby Kristina!…I play no games nor pull any punches when it comes to the truth! I am ready on any given day. And she could come any way she would ever choose. She will be at the bottom. This is why she is quiet and refuse (sic) to comment of fight me on anything I say!’